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Hardaker’s take on the rise and fall of Hillsong and Houston

By Rosie Clare Shorter

In the last two years, there have been two four-part documentary series, a podcast and and an SBS documentary on Hillsong.

Now, Crikey journalist David Hardaker tells the story of Hillsong in his new book, Mine is the Kingdom.

How did Hillsong come to dominate Australian Pentecostalism – and Australian Christianity more broadly? Through the 1990s and 2000s, Hillsong drew crowds and attention: it was young, vibrant and popular. Until at least 2016, Pentecostal churches were growing while other Christian churches were declining.

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"Hardaker describes Houston’s dream of “a world beyond borders, where Hillsong and Pentecostal Christianity would reign”. Houston, who “ruled the roost” as a “salesman” for Jesus, is described throughout using images of monarchical rule, sales and showmanship."
Paul Monk

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